Author J.K. Rowling has donated $1.25 million to charities supporting the vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis.
In a series of tweets Saturday, she noted the “22nd anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts,” the epic battle between good, headed by young wizard Harry Potter, and evil embodied by his nemesis, the depraved Lord Voldemort.
“But I’m going to be honest and say that it feels inappropriate to talk about fictional deaths today,” Rowling continued. “Too many people are losing loved ones in the real world.”
Instead she announced her intention to inject some real world magic into assisting the vulnerable — in the form of donations to the charities Crisis and Refuge Against Domestic Violence, which help homeless people and domestic violence victims, respectively.
“As ever in a crisis of this sort, the poorest and most vulnerable are hit hardest, so in honor of the Battle of Hogwarts, I’ll be making a donation of ￡1 million, half of which will go to Crisis, who’re helping the homeless during the pandemic," she wrote, “and half of which will go to Refuge, because we know that domestic abuse has, sadly, increased hugely during the lockdown.”
Indeed, domestic violence incidences have exploded worldwide, according to the United Nations and the World Health Organization.
Rowling, author of the famed “Harry Potter” series, also revealed her mixed feelings at having family members who are essential workers.
“So on this anniversary of a great wizarding victory, I’m thinking of the people who’re out there doing their jobs to protect us and our way of life,” she tweeted. “I have three key workers in my immediate family, and like all such relatives, I’m torn between pride and anxiety.”